Biographical entry Gillies, Alexander
- Dairyman and Inventor
Alexander Gillies, a dairy farmer at Terang, bought a Lawrence-Kennedy machine about 1901 and made improvements to it. In 1902-3 he patented a two-chambered teat cup, and an air admission hole at the top of the teat cup which allowed the milk to clear away efficiently. These were significant advances which are still in universal use. The improved machine became known as the LKG (Lawrence-Kennedy-Gillies) and some 300 of them were said to be in use in Australia and New Zealand by 1905.
Gillies also developed a simple tubular 'claw' for connecting the milk and air tubes from the four teat cups with the receiver and pulsator, and this design has also survived until the present day.
- 'Gillies, Alexander', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1476490. Details
- Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_g.html. Details
Created: 25 May 2001, Last modified: 4 February 2010
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